Do you have an appointment for a checkup with a dentist in Southlake? Well, he’s probably not the only one who will be checking your smile. Chances are you’ll see the dental hygienist first. These oral health care professionals are truly at the forefront of the team that makes sure your smile is healthy and beautiful. And if you have a question about your teeth or gums, or even about the latest developments in dentistry, the hygienist can be a good person to ask. Here are some questions to consider.
Why Are You Taking My Blood Pressure?
The short answer to that question is that the American Dental Association has made a blood pressure reading part of the protocol for a dental checkup. Because dental cleanings in Southlake should be scheduled every six months, you probably see the dentist more often than you see your doctor. If there’s a concern, you’ll be advised to follow-up with your family physician. And you’d be surprised how many times a hygienist is the first health care professional to see the red flag of high blood pressure.
Do You Know What Medicines I Take?
Your dentist must know what medications you take regularly. There are some medications—like those that treat high blood pressure—that cause greater bleeding when you have a local anesthetic for certain procedures such as tooth extraction or gum work. Therefore, be sure to ask the hygienist if your medical chart is current. And if you have recently added a new medication, tell the hygienist.
What Can I Do to Improve My Oral Health?
A dental cleaning in Southlake is one of the best things you can do to keep your mouth in top condition. These cleanings, along with your daily brushing and flossing, go a long way toward ensuring your oral and general health. But what else can you do?
Believe it or not, chewing gum with Xylitol is a great way to help prevent cavities. Xylitol has been shown to all the good bacteria in your mouth to overpopulate the bad bacteria. And don’t forget to use an antiseptic rinse when you’re done brushing and flossing.
How Can I Encourage My Kids to Brush?
Your hygienist has lots of ideas to make brushing fun! First, let your children choose their own toothpaste. As long as it has fluoride and is ADA approved, any flavor will do. They pick out a toothbrush, too. Everyone should brush for two minutes, and now there are children’s brushes that play a happy tune while they brush. Finally, make oral hygiene a family event. Everyone can brush together in the morning or at night. Seeing mom and dad brush let’s kids know how important oral hygiene is.
Meet the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is a family dentist in Southlake and Arlington. He and his team of dental hygienists and dental assistants offer a comprehensive menu of services to help ensure the health of your teeth and gums and enhance the appearance of your smile. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.